Simple Display Shelves.

Shelves like these are simple enough to make just requiring some carefully cut slots to hold them together. The simplest design would be just four pieces of wood cut and assembled like a "noughts and crosses" grid.

The example shelves shown here are a little more complex, but constructed in the same way. 


The finished shelves.









The shelves were cut using the Bandsaw and so the design was such to ensure that all the cuts would fit within the throat depth of the saw. The wood used was 70mm x 18mm pine board.









To get the cuts to be the right width for a secure fit. First a line was marked across the board, then a piece of the mating shelving was held against the line (see right) so the line was just visible and then a second line marked on the other side of the board.


The slot marked out.

The bandsaw was used to cut just inside the lines through to the half-way point of the board. The material between the cuts was then removed with a sharp chisel.









Once complete, each slot was then checked with a piece of scrap wood for a snug fit. If too tight it was widened with the bandsaw or a file.









Once all the shelves had been cut they were stacked up to check slot alignment.

Then the vertical bars were cut in the same way to suit.









All the parts were sanded smooth to remove the pencil marks and then treated with linseed oil. Then the parts were pushed firmly together to make the finished shelves.

Two brass fixing plates were screwed to the rear of the shelves and used to mount the shelving to the wall. These plates were fixed to the vertical members to avoid over-stressing the top shelf with the entire load.


Shelf fixing plate










This particular set of shelves was used to house a fine Lego collection.



Later a second set of shelves were made to take a model car collection. These were made to a more simple pattern and from thinner timber, but the construction process was the same.